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Fairtrade Fortnight at co-operative school

Fairtrade artwork at Sutherland School

Young co-operators at Sutherland Business and Enterprise College, a co-operative school in Telford, launched Fairtrade fortnight in style with a whole school Fairtrade Day.

The students took part in a carousel of activities which involved co-operative art, Fairtrade and the media, trading ethics and the global supply chain, creating fair factory charters to champion the rights of workers. Students assumed roles within the Banana Split game and negotiated their share of the 30p each banana makes.

Other activities included working in the Unfair factory, for which students took part in a simulation game making sports caps under extreme conditions. They discovered the choices that factory workers have to make and how hard it can be to survive. Over 500 young people and staff were involved in creating large scale versions of the Fairtrade logo and radio commercials promoting Fairtrade. They also rated different types of chocolate on taste and texture. The Fairtrade chocolate, supplied by the school’s business partner The Midcounties Co-operative, was the clear winner.

Fairtrade artwork at Sutherland School

Some of the large scale artwork produced on the day was displayed at Telford and Wrekin Council’s Fairtrade Day on 28 February and members of St Matthews Church in Donnington, Telford borrowed the artwork for their Fairtrade exhibition. When they are returned to school, the pieces will be displayed in the school’s dining area for all students to enjoy.

Other activities taking place include a Fairtrade arts and crafts stall run by students each lunchtime and a Fairtrade raffle for staff.

Headteacher Steve Wall commented: “We were keen to promote the Fairtrade message to our students and our Fairtrade day provided a wonderful opportunity for them to understand what Fairtrade is about. Some of the simulated games gave them a real insight into the importance of ethical trading and the implications of Fairtrade for workers around the world.”